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4:22 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Southern Utah Journalist Ed Kociela's eBook Plygs Now Available

Kerry Bringhurst's extended interview with Ed Kociela about his new book, plygs, a fact-based novel based on his 17-year career as a Southern Utah journalist.

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Southern Utah
3:51 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Southern Utah Fires 50% and 100% Contained Respectively

The blaze known as the Reserve Fire burning on the Red Cliffs Wilderness Reserve north of St. George began on Monday and quickly grew to over 3,000 acres. That fire is now 50% contained.

Although there are no longer any structures threatened by the blaze, 2 popular hiking trails remain closed as interagency fire crews to battle both on the ground and from overhead.

The Little Pine fire burning near Enterprise has been fully contained after blackening over 2,000 acres and closing access to Enterprise Reservoir and its popular campgrounds.

Utah News
3:44 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Hummingbird Banding Underway in Utah

"It weighs 3.1 grams. At that weight you could stuff 9 of those in an envelope and mail them for a first class stamp."

Hummingbird researchers in St. George are gathering data as the birds are beginning their seasonal migration.

Ned Batchelder is visiting about 15 volunteers' yards, trapping and putting tiny leg bands on hummingbirds. He says this project will help track hummingbird migration patterns.

"For the month of August you've got this mass of birds migrating down the Rocky Mt corridor. There's about a 15-day window where we can set up and band 50 - 100 birds easily in one day."

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Salt Lake City
4:14 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Architects, Builder Announced for New SLC Peforming Arts Center

More pieces are being put into place for Salt Lake City’s new Performing Arts Center.  Yesterday City officials announced who will be designing and building the $110 million dollar project. HKS Architects, a local firm,  along with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects beat out 14 other bidders to design the future theater which will sit on Main Street. Michael Vela, managing principal with HKS says it’s still too early to tell what the theater could look like.

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Utah News
10:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Utah Receives Grant Money for Work Sharing Program

Nearly $100 million in federal grant money has recently been made available to states. How will Utah use this money and how will it help our job market?

Under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, states have been attempting programs that will give employers an alternative to lay-offs. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a grant that is intended to aid states in the implementation of one of those programs.

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10:16 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Pretty Sunsets Aside, Current Bad Air May Present a Health Threat

From The Standard Examiner -- The air along the Wasatch Front has taken on a golden glow that looks pretty, but there’s nothing magical about the particulate matter and ozone readings behind it.

That glow is from wildfires raging in Idaho, Nevada and even Washington state. The National Weather Service says neither the fires nor the bad air is going away anytime soon.

The Utah Division of Air Quality says levels of particulate matter in the air haven’t reached dangerous levels yet, but they are high enough that people with lung problems, the elderly and infants should be careful and avoid outdoor exertion.

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5:49 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Wounded Veterans Fundraising Flag Stops in Vernal

An American flag that is making its way across the country made a stop Monday in Vernal. Supporters gathered at the war memorial in front of the Uintah County building to pay tribute to local fallen veterans and to support the 2012 Patriot Tour.

The Patriot Tour is an annual event of the Nation of Patriots, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for wounded veterans and their families.

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UPR Feature Story
5:32 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Show Biz Kids of Moab

Johnny Depp as Tonto on the set of the Lone Ranger

In the past two years filming for major motion pictures has made a comeback, and the Utah Film Commission projects that 2012 will be a “watershed year,” with film crews spending $56 million in the state. Lured to Utah by cash rebates, Sony Pictures and Disney were encamped in Moab for most of the summer.

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5:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Good Cause. Good Fun. But Not Good Clean Fun.

As many as 300 youth and adults gathered on Saturday in Logan for a fundraiser and mud run. Money raised during the "Stomp the Mud out of Child Abuse" event will benefit the Cache Valley Child and Family Support Center.

With the help of the Cache county Sheriffs' office, the Support Center joined with jail inmates to build trenches, dig holes, and construct a muddy course for the mud run.

UPR Feature Story
4:19 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Irish Dancing is a Sport: A Group of Utah Girls Prove It!

Last month, Chicago was overrun by some of the best Irish dancers in North America. Thousands skipped their way to the Windy City to compete in the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships, simply known in the Irish dancing world as Nationals.

Among many Irish dance schools from Utah that competed, Cache Valley was represented by the An Tus Nua Dance Company located in North Logan. Some of the An Tus Nua dancers talked to UPR's Dani Hayes about why they chose this specific type of dance.

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